any force responsible for maintaining an object on a curved path around a fixed center. In introductory coursework this is usually "uniform circular motion" and yields several simple and useful relations. Not to be confused with the centrifugal pseudo-force experienced in a accelerated referenced ...

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If earth stopped spinning how much heavier would 1kg feel

My girlfriend seems to think if the earth stops spinning we will all fall off However, she did spark my imagination, due to centripetal force things must feel lighter then they otherwise would on an ...
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Is gravity a centripetal force?

In curved space-time, there are curved paths. Since curved paths in our experience require some centripetal force to create them, isn't then gravity a centripetal force?
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Drag versus centripetal force

I'm trying to see how extensive a gaming engine's physics are. Consider a spinning disc with a box on it which is free to spin around a vertical pole connecting it to the disc. The pole is more ...
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Is this a correct understanding of circular motion?

We say an object experienced uniform circular motion iff it moves in a circle of constant radius, with constant angular velocity. To experience uniform circular motion, must the net force on the ...
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Rigid bar on the floor of a rotating space station

I read this in a comment to an answer in physics.stackexchange.com. The comment was An easier method might be to just place a straight, rigid beam on the floor. If you find the floor is concave, ...
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Throwing a ball in a rotating space station

I have lots of trouble understanding circicular motion, fictitious forces, and how to dermine if a reference frame is intertial. I have thought of the following the scenario which causes some ...
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What happens to an orbiting body moving with the Earth's angular speed at various altitudes?

I was learning about inertial frames amongst other things, and I somehow came up with this question. Imagine we have a pole, made of imaginary very strong material that will never bend, placed at the ...
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Forces and acceleration on rotating objects?

Suppose you have an object undergoing uniform circular motion, with force vector pointing towards the center and another force vector tangential. Can it be said that the net force pointing in the ...
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What if the centripetal force were acting outward?

Centripetal force is the centre-seeking force & is responsible for circular motion. But what if the centripetal force were acting radially outward? What would happen then?
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Centripetal force for non-uniform circular motion

For uniform circular motion, centripetal force is given by $$\dfrac{mv^2}{r}.$$ But what will be the centripetal force if the circular motion is non-uniform in the sense that linear velocity is ...
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Does varying centripetal force produce circular motion?

Centripetal force $\vec{F}$ is responsible for circular motion and is given by $$ \left|\vec{F}\right| = \dfrac{m\left|\vec{v}\right|^2}{r}$$ If the linear velocity $\vec{v}$ varies, the centripetal ...
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Mach's principle in empty universe, centripetal force and violation of Newton's laws of motion [closed]

Questions about Mach's principle and empty universe has been asked many times but nowhere can I find it's cross examination with centripetal force. From my point of view the simple logic of ...
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Maximum velocity on Unbanked roads and why should friction be more than centripetal force? [closed]

Why is maximum velocity on unbanked circular road given by $\sqrt{urg}$ where $u$ is coefficient of friction, $r$ is radius of circular track and $g$ is acceleration due to gravity? Why should ...
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Why friction is not reliable for circular turns on horizontal road with high speed and sharp curve?

Why is friction not reliable for circular turn on horizontal road for centripetal force when high speed and sharp curve are involved? So banking of road has to be present to introduce a new force $N ...
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Two referential frames. An ant is moving on a uniformly rotating disk and appears not to be moving relative to the disk [closed]

They want us to find the Coriolis and centripetal acceleration. My problem is drawing the referential. Because, there are 2 referential frames. The inertial one would be the disk right, with 3 axes, ...
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How to explain centripetal force in terms or relativity

At the end of a video of dropping a ball and feathers in a vacuum, Brian Cox explains that the Ball and Feathers, as understood in terms of General Relativity, aren't falling. (apologies I can only ...
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Help understanding centre of mass

So basically the question I posed myself a few days ago was for a torus shaped planet, what would the gravitational field be like inside the torus? After viewing some answers on the internet, (Gravity ...
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How to correctly resolve forces radially in vertical circular motion?

I have always had problems at resolving forces and relating to Centripetal Force. Il show an example that I am stuck at right now. Please help me understand. This is the diagram: This is the ...
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Is any energy required to deflect an asteroid, with force always perpendicular to its trajectory?

Let's assume there is an asteroid traveling on a straight line (far from any gravitational source), and we need to deflect it from its actual trajectory, so we build a rocket motor on the surface and ...
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The classical hydrogen atom

Suppose we want to analyze a hydrogen atom using purely classical mechanics. This obviously is not exactly how things work - quantum mechanics plays a huge role and probability distributions are ...
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With what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the following question: with what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out (if a turn is a circumference of a semicircle)? e.g. $r= 5 m$ $a_r= ...
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Space Elevator: how would you keep the end of a Space Elevator's cable rigid?

I had a discussion with my wife about physics behind a Space Elevator. Imagine a cable rising 60k into the firmament for its elevator to climb. The cable would have to rotate in unison with the earth, ...
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What happen to a spoon which is detached from the satellite?

Suppose a spoon is a part of satellite but after detachment from the satellite Does it fall to the ground straight or does is take a parabolic path or any other path before coming to the surface of ...
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Why does friction play the role of centripetal force during the turning of a car?

What makes frictional force the centripetal force of a car turning along a curve? As friction is the opposing force and acts anti-parallel so there is no component of frictional force towards the ...
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Centripetal force in loop motion

I saw it from the book which talk about centripetal force in circular motion The main idea here is the balance in the term of relation between velocity and centripetal acceleration - centripetal ...
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Is the Moon freely falling towards the Earth?

The Moon is revolving around the Earth and its centripetal acceleration is towards the Earth. Does it mean that the Moon is freely falling towards Earth? What is the cause of the Moon orbiting around ...
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What is the net force experienced (at the lowest point) by a wire being rotated in a vertical circle with a mass 'm' at its free end?

A metallic wire is being rotated in a vertical circle with a mass $m$ fastened to its end. My understanding says that the net force experienced by this mass should be the centripetal force: $T - mg ...
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Does Centripetal Force Change Direction?

I have been struggling with this question that I have, "Does centripetal force change direction?" From every point, it points to the center. But if we draw its vector, we draw the tails from ...
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How is centripetal force related to radius?

In one formula given below, if the given radius r is larger, F would be lesser. In another formula, if the given radius r is larger, F would be greater. How is this possible? Intuitively, if we ...
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Centripetal motion (Average force vs magnitude of velocity) [duplicate]

I had a homework question, regarding designing a centripetal motion lab, It asks me to determine the 2 constants if I'm performing a centripetal motion lab, trying to determine the effect that the ...
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Calculating the velocity given the radius , period, centripetal force, and mass [closed]

In university physics homework their is a practice question requiring the calculation of the velocity given the radius , period, centripetal force. I am completely baffled as to whqt formula to use ...
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Relationship between centripetal force and magnitude of velocity [closed]

In university physics we were assigned a Pre-lab on centripetal motion and asked to predict the effect that increasing the average force on the magnitude if velocity. Basically what I said is the ...
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Why does a cyclist/motorcyclist bend when making a turn? [duplicate]

I've seen this very prominently in the Olympics
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Velocity of satellites greater than required velocity

We often find velocity required to keep a satellite in orbit by the formula $v=\sqrt{\frac{GM}{r}}$ where $v$ is perpendicular to the gravitational force. It is very intuitive that the object will go ...
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How fast must a torus spin to have a felt gravity? [closed]

Given a rotating torus (like a gyroscope or a rotary) with a radius of 1km, how fast must it rotate to have someone inside the torus feel normal gravity of 1G?
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Is centrifugal force equal in magnitude to the centripetal force in the frame of a body undergoing circular motion?

I was working out the minimum tangential velocity required for a swing to complete a full revolution and assumed the centripetal force is equal to the centrifugal force, so that I could set the weight ...
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Could two identical stars revolve around each other in a common orbit if we only account for Newtonian physics?

Both a parent star and its planet revolve around the center of mass of the system, the reason we see stellar wobble. But if we take this to be true, which it is, there can be a configuration in which ...
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Gas pressure and centrifugal force

I think about a rotating torus (simplified tire) filled with ideal gas. Mass of gas is $m$ and molar mass is $M$. Pressure in non rotating torus is $p_0$. Temperature is constant $T$. Inner radius of ...
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Why does a string remain taut in circular motion

Lets say an object is tied to a string and it is being swung in a circle: In this case, the tension of the string acts as a centrifugal force that keeps the object moving in a circle. However, if ...
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Question on circular motion — car turning on road

Lets say a car is turning on a road that has friction. I made this small diagram where the two parallel lines indicate the tires of the car. In order for the car to keep turning in a circle, there ...
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what does exactly accelerometer measure on a vertical rotating disk?

I am trying to understand an aspect of rotational dynamics. I am having some trouble arriving at a solution. Consider a disk of uniform mass distribution, and radius R centered at the origin of an xy ...
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Proof of centripetal acceleration formula ($a_c = \frac{v^2}{r}$) for non-uniform circular motion

The formula for centripetal (radial) acceleration is well known, and there exist many proofs for it: $$||a_c|| = \frac{||v||^2}{r}$$ However, all the proofs I've seen rely on the fact that it is ...
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Is there a reaction force on the ball in a vertical circular motion?

You have a light string. At one end of the string there is a ball modelled as a particle. The string has negligible mass. The other end of the string is fixed at a point and the ball is undergoing ...
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Sun revolves around the Earth [duplicate]

What if somebody says that Sun revolves around the Earth and not Earth revolving around the Sun? What would be the consequences?
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Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Acceleration

In introductory physics books (or at least mine) it limits the equation $a_c=v^2/r$ to the situation where the speed around the circular path is constant. It enforces the idea that the speed is ...
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Turning on a straight, unbanked, frictionless road

I was learning about circular motion when this question struck me: In real life situations we are able to take a turn along a circular arc with our bike because friction provides us the necessary ...
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UCM unidentified force

A train rounds a curve of radius 235 m (turning right). The train track is flat, and the train is traveling at a constant speed. A lamp in the train makes an angle to the vertical of 17.5 degrees. ...
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Motion of a car rounding a bank

When a car is traveling round a banked track as fast as possible, it has a tendency to slip up the slope. Opposite in the case when the car travels slowly and has a tendency to slip down. Can ...
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What provides the centripetal force for a glider?

Whenever any object follows a circular path, there is always a centripetal force which is provided by something. However, in the case of a glider making a loop in air, what provides the centripetal ...
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Reference frame and centrifugal force

Imagine you are on a theme park ride in which you sit in a car and are spun around in a circle, basically like a giant centrifuge. An observer from the outside would say that there is no centrifugal ...